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. the announcement officially today from the pentagon, women will soon be able to serve in direct combat units. while it's been happening slowly in the field on its own for years during our dual wars of this last decade, and while it will open a huge number of jobs and career pathways for the women who volunteer to serve this country in uniform, it is a huge change in military tradition. a change in the tanks and in the trenches. a change announced at the highest levels today. it's where we begin tonight with our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. jim, good evening. >> reporter: president obama praised the pentagon's decision to open combat roles to women. and of the 152 u.s. service women who died in iraq and afghanistan, he called them patriots, whose sacrifices show that valor knows no gender. with the stroke of a pen, defense secretary leon panetta and joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey today lifted the 20-year ban against women in combat. panetta said the new policy is finally catching up with the brutal reality on the ground in iraq and afghanistan. >> female service members ha
.s. military have been waiting for for many years. our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski on duty from there tonight. jim, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tomorrow, defense secretary leon panetta will announce that he's lifting the ban that prevents female soldiers and marines from serving in direct combat ground combat roles. according to one senior defense official, this clears the way now for women to become combat infantry. for the past ten years, u.s. military women have served at the front lines in both iraq and afghanistan. but never allowed in direct ground combat roles. lifting the 20-year ban against women in combat will ultimately put them directly into the heat of battle. it opens some 237,000 combat-related positions to women. initially, women will be assigned to combat support roles, communications, logistics and as drivers. gradually, they'll work their way closer to battle as medics, corpsmen and manning artillery before they become combat infantry troops. despite the combat ban, women have paid the ultimate price of war. 152 u.s. military women have bee
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